Voters in the Gardner Edgerton School District today approved a $72.7 million bond issue.
Election officials said 54 percent were in favor while 46 percent were against. About 41 percent of registered voters cast ballots in the mail-in election.
In the Blue Valley district, which has a $271 million bond issue before voters today, votes were still being counted this afternoon.
Gardner Edgerton district officials will use the 20-year bond to pay for capital improvements, technology upgrades and high school athletics. But the bulk of the money will go to construct an elementary school and middle school.
The district will use $18.3 million to build an elementary school with enough room for 500 students. The middle school will cost $30.2 million and have enough room for 800 students. About $2 million would be used to pay for land where the schools would be built near White Drive and Grand Street.
The district will use $8 million to build a multi-purpose activity center and $2 million to improve the high school sports complex.
Technology improvements would cost $6 million, and $6.2 million would go to capital improvements including roofs, heating and cooling, and playground equipment.
The district doesn’t expect taxes to increase during the first two years, but after that the owner of a $150,000 home will pay about $51 more a year.